By J. Clerk Shaw

Plato frequently rejects hedonism, yet within the Protagoras, Plato's Socrates turns out to advise hedonism. during this ebook, J. Clerk Shaw eliminates this obvious pressure via arguing that the Protagoras as a complete truly displays Plato's anti-hedonism. He exhibits that Plato locations hedonism on the center of a fancy of well known error approximately worth and particularly approximately advantage: that injustice might be prudent, that knowledge is susceptible, that braveness is the capability to persevere via worry, and that advantage can't be taught. the loads reproduce the program of values via disgrace and worry of punishment. The Protagoras and different dialogues depict sophists and orators who've internalized well known morality via disgrace, yet who're additionally ashamed to country their perspectives brazenly. Shaw's examining not just reconciles the Protagoras with Plato's different dialogues, yet harmonizes it with them or even illuminates Plato's wider anti-hedonism.

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